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Ohio State new No. 1 in AP football poll

October 11, 2010

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Hit the reset button on the college football season.

There’s a new No. 1 team in Ohio State and uncertainty at the top of the rankings for the first time all season, after Alabama’s 19-game winning streak ended at South Carolina.

The Southeastern Conference, which has won the last four national championships, has some catching up to do in the 2010 title chase. The Buckeyes and No. 2 Oregon have a couple of BCS busters in No. 3 Boise State and No. 4 TCU on their tails. And for the first time in about a decade, No. 5 Nebraska is a legitimate national championship contender.

The Buckeyes moved up one spot in the Associated Press poll after preseason No. 1 Alabama lost for the first time since the 2009 Sugar Bowl. The Crimson Tide fell, 35-21, on Saturday.

NFL

Pacman questioned, released

Cincinnati — Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was questioned by police after a traffic incident following a 24-21 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, but was released a short time later without a ticket or charges.

Cincinnati police Officer K. Hall said Jones drove over the curb “trying to avoid hitting someone or something” in a downtown street.

Goodell suggests joint stadium

Oakland, Calif. — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers should look into sharing a new stadium.

Both teams currently play in out-of-date stadiums. In June, voters in Santa Clara signed off on a plan to build a 68,500-seat stadium in the city for the 49ers. The Raiders have no current plans to leave the Coliseum.

Owens’ tweet violates rules

Cincinnati — A message on Terrell Owens’ Twitter feed Sunday violated the NFL’s rules against using social media before games.

A post on his Twitter account noted that a fan wearing his jersey at the Bengals’ game against Tampa Bay would get a football signed by him and Chad Ochocinco. The message was posted an hour before kickoff, violating the NFL’s social-media policy that prohibits posts 90 minutes before a game.

Golf

Slocum tops at McGladrey Classic

St. Simons Island, Ga. — A series of short birdie putts gave Heath Slocum a comfortable lead Sunday. It took a 60-foot birdie putt down the stretch to pull away from the pack and win the McGladrey Classic.

Slocum’s long birdie putt from behind the 16th green banged against the pin and disappeared into the cup for an unlikely birdie, sending him to a 2-under 68.

Kaymer takes Dunhill Links title

St. Andrews, Scotland — PGA champion Martin Kaymer shot a final-round 6-under 66 to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by three strokes Sunday.

Gardiner prevails in playoff

Chattanooga, Tenn. — Australia’s Scott Gardiner won the Chattanooga Classic on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, beating Joe Affrunti with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff.

Hull rallies, triumphs at Navistar

Prattville, Ala. — Australia’s Katherine Hull rallied to win the Navistar LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second career LPGA Tour title, pulling ahead with a birdie on the par-5 17th and finishing with a two-putt par for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory.

Thompson wins Senior PGA Pro

Indian Wells, Calif. — Robert Thompson won the Senior PGA Professional National Championship on Sunday, shooting a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over James Blair and Mark Faulkner.

O’Meara nabs first Champions win

Potomac, Md. — Mark O’Meara, a two-time major winner, knocked in a four-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Michael Allen and win the Senior Players Championship on Sunday, his first individual victory on the Champions Tour.

Westwood to replace Woods at No. 1

St. Andrews, Scotland — Lee Westwood is set to replace Tiger Woods at the top of the rankings Oct. 31 after saying Sunday he does not expect to play again until November because of an ankle injury.

Tennis

Serena could be done for year

Linz, Austria — Serena Williams might miss the rest of the 2010 season because her injured right foot hasn’t healed properly.

“I am likely out for the year now,” Williams said Sunday in a posting on her website.

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